Photo Eligibility: All photos must be taken in Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster or Westchester County, be relevant to theme and, to one of the four seasons.

Eligibility: No purchase or payment necessary to enter or win. Participants must be a member in good standing with MHV. MHV employees, volunteers and board members are not eligible.

How to Enter: Photos must be accompanied by a completed online contest entry form. If you are submitting multiple photos (limit of 4), be sure to indicate title and season, and submit each entry separately. All entries must be submitted by October 3, 2020. Entries are only accepted online  at

Number of Entries: A limit of (4) four photos, (1) one photo per season submitted with (1) one entry form, per person.

Photo Format: MHV prefers digital hi-res file (jpeg or tiff) submissions. No dvds or thumb drives. Minimum 300 dpi and image size of 8 x 10”. Unaltered color and/or black & white photo entries must be no smaller than 8’’x10’’ and landscape orientation (horizontal).

Photographer: Entries must be submitted by the original amateur photographer. Do not submit a photo taken by someone other than yourself. Your submission of the photo and entry is your guarantee that you are the author of the photo.

Photo Subject Restrictions: Photos must be appropriate. Obscene, provocative or otherwise questionable content will not be considered. Photographs of individual people as the primary subject matter and images with digital manipulation (other than for color correction) will not be considered. MHV retains sole discretion as to what constitutes inappropriate content.

Judging: Entries will be judged on the basis of effectiveness in conveying the beauty and/or unique character of Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster or Westchester counties, content and photographic skill. Entries that fail to comply with the Official Contest Rules will be disqualified. The decision of MHV is final. Winners will be notified by November 20, 2020.

Ownership/Use Rights: By entering the contest, photographers agree to have their submitted photograph displayed by MHV without any fee or other form of compensation, other than the prize money of $250 for first place, $150 for second place, $100 for third place, and $50 for each honorable mention, and agree that MHV may use photographs in any advertising and/or promotion it deems suitable on a non-exclusive basis (you retain copyright). Photos will be credited to the photographer named in the entry form. In the event that ownership of any photograph submitted to MHV is contested in any manner, MHV retains the discretion to disqualify that photograph and discontinue use of the photograph. Photos submitted will not be returned.

Other terms and conditions: MHV is not responsible for: (i) lost, misdirected, misplaced, illegible, unintelligible, incomplete, or late entries or (ii) any act, failure to act, or delay regarding the transmitting or processing of entries. Void where prohibited. MHV is entitled to interpret these rules as needed and its decisions are final. MHV reserves the right to disqualify any entrant that MHV has reason to believe is not the original work of entrant, or does not otherwise meet the contest rules. If a winner is disqualified or determined to be ineligible, an alternate winner will be selected using the same judging process/criteria described above. By participating in the contest, you agree to release and hold harmless MHV and its employees, officers, affiliates, agents, and advertising and promotional agencies from any and all damages, injuries, claims, causes of actions, or losses of any kind resulting from your participation in this contest, including infringement of intellectual property rights.